Michelle Garforth-Venter

Michelle Garforth-Venter

Michelle is an award-winning Broadcast TV Journalist and Producer who offers training for on-camera presenters plus interview skills for corporate executives.

Michelle Garforth-Venter is a household name in South Africa, synonymous with bringing sustainable living and conservation issues to the fore of the public’s mind.

Michelle has spent 24 years in front of and behind the camera. She is the original anchor of South Africa’s primetime entertainment show ‘Top Billing’, also filling the anchor position on SABC 2’s ‘Morning Live’.

As a consultant and teacher, Michelle’s passion for broadcasting shines through and inspires young new presenters, as well as the more seasoned hosts to reach new heights of professionalism.

She has filmed and reported from around the world, from Cuba to Alaska (in search of Giant Pacific Octopus); from Singapore to Cote De Ivory; from Rio to Botswana; from Belize to Madagascar and Vegas to Kenya (1992 to 2010), working for The Travel Channel USA, Fox Family USA, ESPN International and Discovery Channel USA.

Corporates look to Michelle on how best to understand the media and how to work with this gigantic and often complex industry. She is currently employed as the Senior Writer for SANEDI (South Africa National energy Development Institute) responding to the Minister of Energy.

Michelle was producer and anchor of ‘Green Line TV’ on SABC 3, and authored her first book – ‘The Green Line: a South African Guide to Green Living’. Both were nominated in David Attenborough Annual Green Awards.

Michelle runs her own company, Ezinkulu Productions where she is the managing director of 12 staffers, producing shows like: ‘Wild Ltd’ and ‘Bush Radar Kids’ for SABC 2, ‘DIY With Riaan’ for SABC 2 and KykNET, and ‘African Hot-Rod Cars’ for DSTV.

In 2010 Glamour magazine voted Michelle ‘Woman of the Year’ in the media category. The same year she was presented with the Kudu Award – the prestigious SANPARKS ‘Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation, the Best Journalist Award’.


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